Last Updated: April 17, 2012

Big Six

Las Vegas Rules

Big Six, otherwise known as the "Wheel of Fortune", is played on a large vertical wheel. There are inlaid dollar bills of various denominations. The player bets on which denomination the indicator will stop on. The following table shows the betting options, payout odds, number on wheel, and the house edge.

Big Six House Edge

Bet Pays Number
on Wheel
Probability House
Edge
$1 1 24 44.44% 11.11%
$2 2 15 27.78% 16.67%
$5 5 7 12.96% 22.22%
$10 10 4 7.41% 18.52%
$20 20 2 3.70% 22.22%
Logo #1 40 1 1.85% 24.07%
Logo #2 40 1 1.85% 24.07%

As far as I know, every casino in the U.S. follows the Las Vegas rules, except in Atlantic City.

Atlantic City Rules

The Atlantic City rules are the same as the Las Vegas rules, except the joker and logo pay 45 to 1, instead of 40 to 1. This lowers the house edge on those two bets to 14.81%. Some other casino in the eastern U.S., outside Atlantic City, have been known to follow this rule.

Charles Town Rules

According to their web site, the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia, changes one of the $1 slots to a $5. Otherwise, they follow the Las Vegas rules. That changes the odds as follows.

Big Six — Charles Town WV Rules

Bet Pays Number
on Wheel
Probability House
Edge
$1 1 23 42.59% 14.81%
$2 2 15 27.78% 16.67%
$5 5 8 14.81% 11.11%
$10 10 4 7.41% 18.52%
$20 20 2 3.70% 22.22%
Logo #1 40 1 1.85% 24.07%
Logo #2 40 1 1.85% 24.07%

Macau Rules

In Macau there is a similar game. One or two wheels each can be found in the larger casinos. It does not seem to be a popular game there. The game wheel is the same size, but instead of dollars, it has colors. The table below shows the number of stops on the wheel, probability, and return for each bet. The table shows the best bet is tied for orange, purple, and green, at 7.69% each.

Big Six — Macau Rules

Bet Pays Number
on Wheel
Probability House
Edge
Orange 1 24 46.15% 7.69%
Purple 3 12 23.08% 7.69%
Green 5 8 15.38% 7.69%
Blue 10 4 7.69% 15.38%
Yellow 20 2 3.85% 19.23%
Logo 1 45 1 1.92% 11.54%
Logo 2 45 1 1.92% 11.54%

Australia Rules

The Star City casino in Sydney has a similar game, called the "Big Wheel." Instead of money, it uses native Australian animals. As the following table shows, the house edge is the same on all bets at 7.69%.

Big Six — Australia Rules

Bet Pays Number
on Wheel
Probability House
Edge
Koala 1 24 46.15% 7.69%
Kookaburra 3 12 23.08% 7.69%
Lizard 5 8 15.38% 7.69%
Echidna 11 4 7.69% 7.69%
Platypus 23 2 3.85% 7.69%
Emu 47 1 1.92% 7.69%
Kangaroo 47 1 1.92% 7.69%

Lucky Big Wheel

Lucky Big Wheel is an electronic version of Big Six I noticed at the Venetian on April 17, 2012. It has a wheel that is even larger than the kind with a dealer, has more stops, and a lower house edge. The following table shows the bets available, the number of stops for each one, the probability of winning, and house edge.

Lucky Big Wheel

Bet Pays Number
on Wheel
Probability House
Edge
$1 1 26 48.15% 3.70%
$3 3 13 24.07% 3.70%
$6 6 7 12.96% 9.26%
$12 12 4 7.41% 3.70%
$25 25 2 3.70% 3.70%
Logo 1 50 1 1.85% 5.56%
Logo 2 50 1 1.85% 5.56%
Total 54 100.00%

The house edge on this version of Big Six is significantly less than standard Big Six, with a live dealer. The lowest house edge is a tie between the $1, $3, $12, and $25 at 3.70%. The house edge is significantly highest on the $6, at 9.26%.

Money Wheel

Money Wheel is a similar game to Big Six, but involves multipliers and extra spins. I felt it was significantly different to make a separate page for it.

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